Urucum, also known as “Rocouyer” or “Roucou”, is rich in bixin, a molecule similar to beta-carotene. It contains 100 times more bixin than the carrot contains beta-carotene, and is also a source of selenium.
When the Portuguese arrived in the Amazonian jungle, they found Indigenous who were coated with a red powder in order to protect themselves from the sun and mosquitoes! The red powder was actually the Urucum. The Portuguese named Indigenous as “Red Skins” after this meeting.
Very characteristic notes of saffron and mustard seeds. Can be used as a natural food colourant to obtain orange rust hues.